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10 Things I Learned From NFL Week 3

1. Brady Who?

Jacoby Brissett started for the Patriots on Thursday, and they won. The Bill Belichick system is the greatest system in the history of football, and he can make anyone a winner. With the win on Thursday, Belichick is now 5-0 with quarterbacks making their first career start in the NFL, and get this, none of them threw an interception in that game. If you read this thinking it was a shot at Brady’s “greatness,” good job at reading between the lines.

 

2. Four Rookies Start

Four rookies started at quarterback this week: Carson Wentz (Eagles), Dak Prescott (Cowboys), Jacoby Brissett (Patriots), and Cody Kessler (Browns). Four rookie starting quarterbacks is a pretty incredible thing, and none of which are the #1 overall pick! On a side note, rookie quarterbacks are 6-2 so far this season, and there has not been an interception thrown by any of them!

 

3. If You Hit a Kicking Net, It Will Hit Back

If there’s one big lesson to learn this week, it’s to not mess with a kicking net. Just ask Odell Beckham Jr.

 

4. Starting Out Hot

If you’re a fan of the Vikings, Eagles, Broncos, Patriots, or Ravens, you have plenty to smile about! These are the five teams that remain unbeaten, and 76% of the teams who start 3-0 make the playoffs. Don’t get too cocky though, the Falcons started the season 5-0 last year. We all know how that turned out!

 

5. Winless Teams

If you are a fan of the Saints, Browns, Bears, or Jaguars, I’m sorry. All four of these teams are winless through the first three weeks, and no team has ever started 0-3 and made the playoffs.

 

6. Jimmy Graham Sighting

Graham suffered a pretty serious knee injury last season, but he showed on Sunday that he’s still capable of putting up big numbers! He finished the game against the 49ers with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.

 

7. Fitzpatrick Breaking Records

New York Jets v Buffalo Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick is out here, breaking records, and earning this mon…what…interceptions? Whelp, not a good record. The Beard set a new career high this week against the Chiefs by throwing six, yes six, interceptions. This is the same amount that Wentz, Prescott, Rivers, Carr, Wilson, Ryan, Rodgers, Smith, and Brees combine for this entire season. Ouch.

 

8. Packers’ Offense Revived…For a Half

The Packers are a tough team to beat at Lambeau Field. They went into the half up 31-10, and all four touchdowns were through the air courtesy of Aaron Rodgers. The offense unfortunately came out after the half flat with McCarthy and his usual passive play call. They ended up hanging on for the win, but the final score was 34-27.

 

9. No Super Bowl Hangover

There were a lot of roster moves in Denver this offseason, but they have shown that they are looking for a repeat. We knew the defense was good this season, but the worry was still offensively. Trevor Siemian put that to rest against the Bengals as he passed for 312 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. There should be no complaints from the wide receivers in Denver this week!

 

10. The Browns Always Find a Way

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Nobody does it quite like the Browns. As soon as you think they have the game won, think again! They will prove to you time and time again just how great they are at losing. The Dolphins gave them a gift at the end of the game, but the Browns missed the game-winning field goal. They later went on to lose in OT. Don’t ever change, Browns.

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